World Innovation Symposium on Human Behaviour: In Pursuit of Achieving the SDGs

  • DATE / TIME:
    2019•05•24    10:00 - 17:30

    The Ministry of the Environment, Japan and UNU-IAS, together with the BEST(Behavioral Sciences Team), are co-organising the World Innovation Symposium on Human Behaviour~ In pursuit of achieving the SDGs.

    Activities based on knowledge gained from behavioural sciences (behavioural insights), including “nudge theory”, are seen as possible methods towards solving various social challenges and are gradually being mainstreamed into policy setting. This symposium will discuss the application of behavioural insights to address such challenges in order to realize the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

    With lectures by a representative of the Behavioural Insights Team from the UK and others from in and outside Japan, the symposium will touch on the latest applications of the nudge concept and how it can promote societal change, such as achievement of the SDGs, de-carbonization, lifestyle changes, and improved well-being.

    The event will be held in Japanese and English with simultaneous interpretation provided.

    Programme (tbc)

    Morning session (10:00-13:00)
    ・Keynote lecture:Dr. David Halpern (Behavioural Insights Team, UK)

    ・Session 1: Behavioural Insights and Technology (BI-Tech)
    Dr. Yoshiki Ishikawa (Campus for H), Mr. Jun Fukuyoshi (cancerscan), BEST, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

    Afternoon session (14:00-17:30)
    ・Session 2: Behavioural Insights and the SDGs/“Circulating and Ecological Economy”
    Dr. Ana Maria Munoz-Boudet (World Bank), Ms. Yuri Arakida (City of Yokohama), Dr. Mari Yoshitaka (Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co./ Keio University), HuB (Human Behavior)

    ・Panel discussion: Beyond Nudge
    Dr. David Halpern; Dr. Ana Maria Munoz-Boudet; Ms. Yuri Arakida; Dr. Mari Yoshitaka; Japanese Nudge Unit (BEST); Ministry of the Environment, Japan

    Simultaneous interpretation (Japanese – English) will be provided.

    Registration, Inquiries, Symposium Materials

    Participants are requested to register prior to the event, with capacity limited to 300 attendees.
    Please visit the link as follows:

    Organizers: Ministry of the Environment, Japan; United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); BEST(Behavioral Sciences Team)
    Supporter: Environment Research and Technology Development Fund (1-1801)


    UNU HQ Building, U Thant International Conference Room
    5-53-70 Jingumae